2017-01-17 / Front Page

Buzzer-beating layup from Moore lifts Clovers to 76-74 win

by Brent Ranard for the Spencer Evening World

Cloverdale junior guard Jalen Moore connects from beyond the threepoint arc during a contest last week at Owen Valley. (SEW File Photo) Cloverdale junior guard Jalen Moore connects from beyond the threepoint arc during a contest last week at Owen Valley. (SEW File Photo) It was a good night for the Cloverdale boys’ varsity basketball Clovers Friday as they picked up their sixth straight win against Western Indiana Conference (WIC) East Division rival Cascade, 76-74. It was a great night for junior Jalen Moore.

The 5’9” point guard joined the 1,000 point club in the first half and scored a game-high 32 points. His last two points of the night were the most spectacular. Cascade’s Evan Burch had just hit two free throws to tie the game at 74-74 with 7.9 seconds to play.

Moore took the inbounds pass and maneuvered his way through the Cadets for a coast to coast layup that beat the buzzer and ruined homecoming for Cascade.

The Clovers would usually go to Butler bound senior Cooper Neese in these situations but he had fouled out after scoring 26 points diving for a loose ball seconds earlier.

Cloverdale head coach Patrick Rady explained their strategy of not taking a timeout and setting up a play. “We really did not want to have to run against a set defense,” he said. “We knew Jalen had time to get all the way to the rim and he had the moves to get it done. He knew the time and our situation.”

“It was a special night for him to get 1,000 points and to hit the game-winner,” he added. “That’s a great honor for him. He’s put a lot of time in to get better individually, and it was nice to see him get that plateau tonight.”

The game was very close most of the game with many lead changes. The Clovers led 20-19 at the end of the first quarter and the stretched their lead to three at halftime 38-35.

The Cadets (7-5 and 2-2 in WIC East) came back in the third quarter to take a 54-51 lead. The Covers outscored them 25-20 in the deciding fourth quarter.

Jake Wilkes scored six points and hit a big three for the Clovers in the fourth quarter. Parker Watts added five points and Nick Winders had three. Seth Pfaff and Jarren Rossak rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.

Cascade was led by their dynamic duo of Burch and Dalton Dubois. Burch ended with 25 points and Dubois netted 23.

“Burch and Debois are really tough and Cascade is a great team,” Rady commented. “This is a tough place to come into and get a win. It was really good to get a conference win too.”

The victory moves Cloverdale’s record to 11-5 on the season and 3-2 in the WIC east. They will return to Tucker Court on Thursday night when county rival North Putnam comes to town.

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